The Althorp Leopard: The Celebrated Life of a Renaissance Cameo

Text by Sandra Hindman
Fully illustrated, in English 88 pages

The Althorp Leopard:  The Celebrated Life of a Renaissance Cameo, focuses on a single ring.  Described as “unique in the world” in the eighteenth century, this Renaissance cameo is distinguished by its exceptional quality.  Carved out of a moss agate, it depicts a life-like spotted leopard crouching as though about to spring; it was probably crafted by a skilled gem cutter in northern Italy during the height of the Milanese lapidary.